Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Google Wonder Wheel - the sematic web comes into view

Google Search
I have just come out of a Google streamed web session on their latest search strategies. Among their new features are enhancements to their very successful Universal Search tool, their framework for separating and combining different media types. Also on show was a new time line feature, and a bunch of additions to their mobile search methodologies.

Wonder Wheel - semantic web takes a step into the google world
But the feature that really caught my eye is their new "Wonder Wheel . You get to it by making an ordinary search - then, when you get the result, click on the 'show options" link in the top left hand corner.

When you get to the new screen you should see another left hand menu of options including the Timeline. One of these is the very nondescript looking 'Wonder Wheel'. Click it - and then watch the semantic web take a blushing entrance to the world of Google.

The semantic context wheel
The search term I used was Ottoline Morell. I know - I need to get out more; but, hey, did you know that Bertram Russell thought she was more important to his happiness than philosophy.

The point of course is the way the image then brings in Bloomsbury, and when that is clicked another series of linked sources and topics around that theme come into view. This is a total deal changer, especially if Google let people at the code to play with the visualisations.
Note: I don't know how persistent the search URL is - but try clicking the image above - if it is, it should take you to my original search screen.

Time line feature
The Time line feature is also seriously interesting, and well worth exploring - would be brilliant to be able to export it as an embed and place it inside a web document.


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